All you need to know about Geotab and FedRAMP
Geotab has met the most stringent security requirements set forth by the U.S. Federal Government.
With over 40,000 customers and two million vehicle subscriptions and growing, Geotab is widely recognized as a world leader in telematics, especially amongst government agencies and departments. As industry requirements evolve, so do the security standards required to keep customer information safe. In March 2019, Geotab was awarded “the world’s largest single-source telematics contract by the GSA Fleet, a division of General Services Administration (GSA), which provides centralized procurement for U.S. Federal agencies.” As part of this award, Geotab embarked on a journey to achieve FedRAMP certification.
What is FedRAMP?
“The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.” FedRAMP is a mandatory requirement for all federal agency cloud deployments and service models. FedRAMP provides a consistent standard for service providers while simultaneously establishing continuous customer security measures. With Geotab being a cloud-based platform service provider, FedRAMP is a measurable way to implement the necessary security controls.
What was the process of becoming FedRAMP certified?
In July 2019, Geotab achieved FedRAMP “Ready” status, elevating to “In-Process” by September of that same year. As of July 2020, Geotab is now officially recognized as being fully FedRAMP “Authorized.” This authorization validates that Geotab is the global leader in telematics, and has met the stringent security requirements set forth by the U.S. Federal Government.
Over the course of the year, Geotab was subject to a rigorous assessment to prove that our products gather, transmit and store data securely, while maintaining system integrity throughout the process. Throughout the journey, the FedRAMP PMO provided guidance on FedRAMP specific implementation, making the process much more intuitive. Achieving this milestone wouldn’t have been possible without our agency sponsor, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and the third-party assessment organization Coalfire, Inc.
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What does this mean for fleet customers?
In the public sector, data security is critically important. By achieving this authorization, Geotab validates its ability to meet stringent security requirements set forth by the U.S. Federal Government, opening the door to widespread deployments within all U.S. federal, state and local government agencies.
Additionally, Geotab was the first telematics company to achieve FIPS 140-2 validation for its cryptographic library in February 2019. FIPS 140-2 validation is the benchmark for data encryption, protecting sensitive information in computer and telecommunication systems for government agencies across the globe.
Achieving both FedRAMP authorization and FIPS 140-2 validation means fleet customers around the world can be confident their fleet management program is backed by a product that has received one of the highest possible levels of security review and certification.
Security-focused solutions have always been at the forefront of Geotab’s approach to business, aligning with an internal culture to always do the right thing. This FedRAMP authorization serves as a testament to our long standing commitment to provide a fleet management solution that’s reliable, scalable, and secure.
Geotab is known for its open platform which allows customers, both in the private and public sector, to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with other existing systems. By connecting Geotab’s now FedRAMP authorized MyGeotab solution to other FedRAMP compliance services, federal agencies can build secure and fully integrated fleet management workflows that reduce costs and streamline operations.
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With the achievement of FedRamp Authorization, Geotab can begin providing fleet management technology under a single platform for federal agencies looking to optimize their operations across both leased and owned vehicle assets. The service is scalable making it a perfect solution for agencies both large and small who are looking to protect capital assets, reduce risk, decrease operational costs and improve accountability.
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Dan Zdarko is a Business Development Manager, Federal Government at Geotab.
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